Friday, June 19, 2009


This week's readwritepoem prompt gave us a wordle to work with. I couldn't find a way to use all of the words, but I did manage to use these: bibliography, vellum, tether, bark, mist, convoluted, drape.
I would have you annotate
my bibliography
in your own hand
on parchment of finest vellum

I would have you tether
yourself to the bark
of our love, brave the
roiling waters and

the mist of convoluted
remembrances until
the waves of grief
flatten and lap the sand

Then drape yourself
in what remains and
bind my sources,
carefully documented,

And bury them on dry land.


  1. Absolutely so exquisite, Erin. Your talent is astonishing and endless.

  2. I agree with Lydia. Every poem astounds me with it's beauty.

  3. What powerful emotions you convey with so few words! Wonderfully sad.

  4. Sigh. You captured the sensation of waves of grief so perfectly. May I have permission to use this on my blog sometime when one of those waves threatens to drown me? I would of course credit you gratefully and link to your blog.

    I'm not expert, just an admirer of beautiful writing, but I'd rank this one right up there with best, including Auden's heart-wrenching poem about losing his lover, which has till now been my favorite one about grief. Yours just took first place.

  5. Hello Erin,

    Another good poem from such random words. It is good to try and make oneself create in this way, though not easy!

  6. Erin, this is simply beautiful. Oh. I'm speechless.It makes me want to reach out and grab the nearest person before they get away from me.

  7. Lydia and Annie, Thank you so much!

    Tamra-I'm glad you find it "wonderfully sad." I didn't start it with that feeling in mind, but am glad it turned out that way.

    Paul-Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by!

    Kathleen-I would be honored if you chose to use this on your blog some day. The Auden poem you're referring to is one of my all-time favorites, and I'm flabbergasted to be mentioned in the same context.

    Derrick-The wordle prompts are indeed challenging. What I like about them is that I never know where they will take me.

    Angie-Since I admire your poetry SO much, your compliments means a lot to me.

  8. Poignantly beautiful..

    You really know how to weave words seamlessly..

    x-y-z: all three axes

  9. How does one thank a poet for her words? This blew me away. You are a very talented lady, indeed.